Good News, America: We're in a 'Polar Vortex'
It is really cold in more than half the country
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2014 11:54 AM CST
Updated Jan 5, 2014 7:13 PM CST
A pedestrian walks along Massachusetts Street as snow falls in Lawrence, Kan., Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. The area is under a winter weather advisory and wind chill warnings.    (Orlin Wagner)

(Newser) – Baby, it's so cold outside that the AP is throwing around the term "polar vortex," which is apparently "a counterclockwise-rotating pool of cold, dense air"—and it's got more than half the US wrapped in its icy clutches. It's not going anywhere anytime soon: The frigid temps are looking to hang out into tomorrow and Tuesday. A look around at the coldness:

  • The mercury hit negative 31 in International Falls, Minn., negative 21 in Duluth, Minn., and 9 below in Bismarck, ND. Wind chills of 70 below are still within the real of possibility. Parts of Missouri and Illinois could get up to a foot of snow; the former is "experiencing thunder snow and whiteout conditions," according to a MoDOT spokeswoman.

  • Thousands of flights have been delayed in the Midwest and Northeast, AccuWeather reports. Flight delays at Boston's Logan International Airport could last "days, not hours," said a Jet Blue Airways spokeswoman, the Boston Globe reports.
  • Minnesota has canceled school tomorrow for the entire state. In Wisconsin, Milwaukee and Madison have done likewise.
  • In Green Bay, today's playoff game between the Packers and the 49ers could prove a little chilly for the visiting team: The temperature at kickoff is supposed to be negative 2. The AP notes that doctors are advising fans to drink warm fluids that are not of the alcoholic variety.
  • And of course, this happened at JFK Airport, which has since re-opened.








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Who_Cares
Jan 9, 2014 8:13 AM CST
Why they can't try this weather tempering in summer time, to bring all that cold when is hot. The government is playing with the weather because they have reason for it. All this geo-engineering has nothing to do with this, ha? Just keep dancing to the music they are playing for you.
backpath2
Jan 7, 2014 6:47 PM CST
Sounds like a made for TV movie. When weather forecasters start sounding like the supermarket tabloids, you know something's fishy. Its just winter in North America -- no more, no less. Next summer they'll be naming the heat waves, too, just to keep us alarmed and off balance.
JERZJOE
Jan 7, 2014 12:01 PM CST
JUST REMEMBER THE MOVIE " THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW" !! SEE IT!! AND YOU'LL SEE WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS!!